Disciples of the Holy Spirit

Greetings,

Today I am in Spain doing prophetic training and activation with the G42 students. I am here, hoping France will send my luggage this way shortly, ha ha. I had a great weekend in Utrecht, Netherlands with a great church and good friends. I was blessed to pray with some precious people and to speak on discipleship in connection with the Holy Spirit. Discipling others is about giving life to them and leading them into the life that comes by Christ in them, the hope of glory.

Our connection with the Spirit of God makes us life-giving in this world. We don’t just become alive by Him, we become life-giving because of Him in our lives. Even Jesus said if anyone is thirsty they can come to Him and become givers of life to others. Have you been dry long enough now? Anyone thirsty? Have you been in drought long enough? Come to Me and drink and from you inner most being, your spirit, will flow rivers of life-giving water. He didn’t say come to Him and drink and you will be satisfied. He said come to Me and drink and you will be a satisfier. You will be a source of water in the desert; a highway of holiness in the most unclean places. You will be a river of destiny on the plains of the earth. From within you will flow the antidote to every sickness. The deliverance from every oppressor will flow from you to the world you live in.

John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 

Come to Me and drink and from inside of you will flow rivers of living water. It comes in the name of Jesus, but it comes by the One who comes in the name of Jesus. Who comes in the name of Jesus? Holy Spirit! He is the Helper! He is the giver of life so we can be life and give life to the world!

Jesus spoke to His disciples as an external voice, but He wanted to speak to them internally so He was going to send them another Helper. He was going to speak to them internally. He told His disciples that they would finally hear what He had been saying to them. This is how He speaks to us as well. It is the internal voice of Holy Spirit in our hearts that transforms our lives. This is the testimony of the Helper in and with us in all things. Christ in us is the testimony of the Helper, the Holy Spirit, in our hearts.

Jesus was a New Covenant man. In a sense, He was a disciple of Christ. Jesus didn’t do anything as the Son of God. He did everything as the Son of Man. He was God, but He didn’t come to fix His world. He came to fix our world. He did not have a problem with the devil. We had a problem with the devil. We handed over our authority to the devil. There never has been a conflict between God and the devil that threatened God from losing His kingdom. The conflict was between us and the devil. We were in conflict with the devil and we didn’t even know it. We invited him to the dinner table. Jesus came to put us back in relationship with the Holy Spirit. He did only that which He saw the Father doing. He was a human being who fellowshipped the Holy Spirit. He was a disciple of Christ. He was a disciple of God in flesh. It is at least poetically correct, and probably theologically correct as well. I am not lessoning the deity of God. He humbled Himself to become something less for our sake. He did it to make the holiness of man revealed. We are holy. Human beings were intended to be holy beings. Heavenly and earthly, to bring heavenly things into earthly realities. He came to restore our holiness. He came to restore our family so we could receive the things that come from heaven in this earth and heaven and earth can be one. Part of us is humanity in heaven as the cloud of witness and part of us is humanity among the nations of men. We are the same body. Holy Spirit is God. He is Christ in us. He is the anointing and the anointing One. We have an anointing from the holy One, but we also have the anointed One. The anointing that we each have is who we are, but the anointing that He has is who He is. The source of the anointing that we are is the anointing of who He is. The only way we can activate the anointing of who we are is by fellowshipping the anointing of who He is. Christ in us is the hope of us giving life to the world we live in.

 

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Unity by the Spirit for Heavenly Things

Greetings,

I enjoyed a great day back in my home church, Alife, in Bellingham, Wa. We were blessed to have Brad Jersak speaking at Alife in regard to being refractors of the many facets of God. Even as Jesus was, we are to be self-giving, radically forgiving, and co-suffering in our way among men.

Is unity a testimony of being one together with a common purpose as men? I believe that true unity can only happen when we become one in the Spirit and not one through conformity. Is purpose conspired by a common goal or is it the fruit of being joined together in a common Spirit in a common connection with a common Father? Unity comes by God’s presence in our midst, not by our own purposes and goals in life. There was a time on planet earth after the flood, when the earth had been washed clean and mankind was blessed to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1). Men spoke the same language and they understood each other perfectly (Gen. 11). There was no need for a translator of any kind in the languages of men. They understood each other, both in language and speech. It was then they began to build a city unto themselves. They were afraid that they would be scattered across the earth. Fear entered their hearts when they understood one another perfectly. They sought to do something that would keep them from being separated or scatted from one another. They sought to build a tower that reached heaven.

Genesis 11:1-4 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

God looked and saw it and God spoke as a plurality. God the Father, the Word, and the Spirit said, this is not good. Let us go down and confuse them. Because nothing is impossible for them.

Genesis 11:5-7 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

God did not desire for man to build a tower that left the earth and entered into heaven. The reason that God put man in the earth in the first place was so the glory of God could enter the earth. God wanted to move into humanity and bring a community that is built by God and not man. God wanted a community that would bring treasures that come from heaven to the earth, not treasures of earth that go into heaven. This was not a secondary plan, but a first plan of God’s glory filling the earth. God’s plan was to invade the earth with heaven. His plan was to bring order to places that need order, to bring fullness to every empty place, to bring light to every corner of darkness. How was God going to do that? By fellowship with God, spirit to Spirit. God and man and man and God in fellowship with one another. God in heaven and man in the earth as one together. God scattered them and confused them. I believe He made it so people looked different.

Genesis 11:8-9 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

My personal idea is it was at this point in time that God made man black, white, yellow and red and all of the variations of human appearance. He made sure there were plenty of reasons to categorize, plenty of reasons to prejudice one another. He made it difficult to understand one another naturally and even impossible to understand one another. It became impossible for human beings to be of one mind and one speech without a supernatural intervention from God. Except with God, all things are possible. God wanted to give man a city whose builder and maker was Him. A heavenly Jerusalem, a heavenly vision of peace that comes out of heaven and fills the earth. It comes out of heaven and fills our lives, our families, our community, and even our nations. It is something that God builds. It is impossible with men, but supernatural among men. Something that is life giving, not life taking. Only unity with the Spirit of God in our hearts can bring the life of God into the world we live in.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Thank You For Your Support

Thank You,

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. In this past year I have been in the Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, England, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Angola, Canada,and again in several areas of the United States. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. Thank you so much to those who have sowed finances and prayer in this year. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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Our Connection is in the Spirit

Greetings,

I am now back in the United States. It was great to be home for Thanksgiving and lots of time and overnight time with my grandchildren. Yesterday I was blessed to minister at Everyone’s Church in Mt. Vernon, Washington. They have had to face the loss of a dear brother in Christ and it was good to focus on our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. God is in us, with us, and upon us in this world.

Holy Spirit is the Helper that Jesus promised would come. He is God with, in, and upon our lives. He transforms our lives, inside and out. Jesus told His disciples that the Helper would bring to remembrance the things that He had said. Holy Spirit brings to remembrance the things that Jesus said. The only place we can hear God in a way that changes our world is to hear Him in our hearts. We cannot just hear God in the room externally and be changed. External voices are informational, but the internal voice of the Holy Spirit transforms our lives. It is not what anyone says from God to us in the external hearing of our ears that transforms us. It is the voice of the Holy Spirit in our hearts that will transform our lives. External voices are informational. The internal voice of the Holy Spirit is transformational. When we fellowship Holy Spirit, we are choosing to move into the direction of transformational realities. How does that happen?

We don’t hear God with our souls. We hear God with our spirits. Why? Because when God created us He created us from the substance of Himself.

Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God spoke to Himself. The plurality of God as One God spoke to Himself in the creation of man, male and female. He gave man dominion over the works of His hands, male and female. The us of God was the Father, the Word, and the Spirit as the triune God of life. It was from the Spirit of God that the inner substance of man, male and female, was created. The human spirit is the connecting portal for a relationship with God in the Spirit. It is through our spirits that we maintain an intimate relationship with the giver of life, the expresser of life, and the worker of life in all things. I believe that man in Genesis chapter 1 was spirit. This is God’s perspective in His relationship with man. We must remain connected to our life source to be empowered with the life of God. The spirit within us must abide in the Spirit of God to be human. We were born to live and to be life, to be an expression of life and to bring life into all things. Animals, trees, rocks, and other forms of creation were not created for that. Physical food gives life to our flesh, but flesh alone cannot subdue and bring life-giving dominion to the world. The natural creation of the world cannot change the world, it can only provide for the world. We are human beings. We can change the world. But we can only change the world through a personal connection with God in the Spirit. We don’t fellowship the Holy Spirit so we will merely know what to do. We fellowship the Holy Spirit because we need to change the world. Only God can change the world and we can abide together with Him in the Spirit. We need a little mystery. Even the charisma of tongues is a mystery that is beyond the limits of natural understanding. What is the importance of the foolish words it seems to express? What a wonderful, wonderful gift. Where is the source of this gift? When I pray in tongue I know where I am planted. I am in my life source. I am in the substance of what God spoke to when I was created. It is giving expression to the mystery of heaven being released into my spirit.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Heaven Can Come!

Greetings,

Today I am leaving Angola, after ten great days of fruitful ministry. The leaders and church members here were very hungry and willing to receive all that God gave me for them. I have partnered with the leaders here to provide continued training for the near to distant future. Four training courses have been recorded in video, audio, and written material in the Portuguese language to be used for ongoing training purposes. I will be recording several more in the coming year and returning here in March and November of 2018. Thank you for the prayers and support that has assisted me in seeing this God ordained connection continue to flourish. Thank you to all the beautiful people of Angola. You are in my heart and I am praying for God to manifest his glory in and through your lives today and in the days to come.

Today I am again addressing the subject of fellowshipping the Holy Spirit. After Jesus died and He rose from the dead, He revealed what normal human beings should look like. Normal human beings are in relationship with God who is life, therefore, they have life and the are empowered to give love and life to the world. That life is the resurrection life of Christ. Even when they die, they do not die. These are human beings who are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as a man, went down to the grave, but because He had fellowship with the Holy Sprit the grave could not hold Him. After He ascended into heaven He poured out His Holy Spirit upon the flesh of humanity. His disciples and their disciples gathered with hungry hearts for an experience of His outpoured presence. Everyone in the upper room became a disciple of Christ that day. The Holy Spirit was in them, with them, and upon them. They entered a deeper level of intimacy with God in the Spirit. Something amazing happened. It was the opposite of Genesis chapter 11. In Genesis 11 humanity was of one language and one speech. They attempted to build a tower to heaven. They attempted to build a city unto themselves. In Acts chapter 2, the Holy Spirit came upon hungry seekers of God and the ability for heaven to come to earth became an available reality for all men. Something happened that enabled the city, the community of God, to invade the nations. A power more awesome than the power of flesh began to invade the earth. They began to speak with tongues. Something more powerful than natural understanding entered the upper room. Four thousand were added in a moment. There was a supernatural testimony that came about by a supernatural experience with God in the place where they were.

Just last month I know of a situation where 200,000 Muslims came to Christ. That is more than anywhere in the book of Acts. Our fellowship is not just so we will know God. The more we fellowship the Holy Spirit the more heaven invades the earth. We don’t just fellowship the Holy Spirit so we will know more of God. We fellowship Holy Spirit so that wherever we are we give access to the Holy Spirt. We fellowship the Holy Spirit so that wherever we are heaven can invade the earth. Theologically He is here, but there needs to be more poetic experiences of His coming in our lives. God is an experiential God. That is why the Bible is not boring and dry. It is written with metaphors. It is written with experiences. It is written with whirlwinds and unexplainable phenomena. The word of God came to men expressly. Like Ezekiel, there were wheels within wheels and eyes throughout. Something beyond human understanding was experienced by a man. An encounter with the Holy Spirit will result in an experience that is beyond our natural understanding.

Fellowship Him today and experience His presence so His presence can invade your world. I have been soaking in Him this morning and He is tender, loving, powerful, and near. I sense He desires to do big things, but we must move in His direction to receive the fullness of His affection. We must draw near to Him and abide in that place to see His glory come. It doesn’t have to look religious. Just enjoy Him and let His presence flow in and through your life. Heaven can come, but we as the earth must turn in His direction. He came powerfully on the day of Pentecost and in times of our lives. Will we step powerfully in His direction? Will we embrace what can happen so that anything can happen? This is the goodness of His presence in our lives!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Us in God – God in Us

Greetings,

Today I am in Angola, Africa. I had a fantastic week in Bulgaria and now I am teaching hungry people here concerning Authority. Authority is the testimony of God, who gives life. Holy Spirit is God, and He is the one who gives us life in all things. True authority always gives life, it never seeks to take life. Yesterday was a full day with hungry people. The presence of Holy Spirit is good, intimate, and strong in these days. I am enjoying fellowship with Holy Spirit.

I have been addressing the reality of the Holy Spirit being God, even as Jesus and the Father are God. When we have access to the Holy Spirit, we have fellowship with all of God. Wherever God is, we can be; and wherever we are, He is. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so we can have fellowship with God through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is a mystery of having fellowship with God, who is life. It is fellowship to become alive, to be an expression of life, and to know the life of God in all things. The gift of Holy Spirit is an amazing grace to men.

Sometimes when we fellowship the Holy Spirit we feel as though God suddenly comes to us. We can say that God came and we would be poetically correct, but we would be theology incorrect. Theologically, God is always with us, but there is something more than just theological truth. There is the need for fresh experiences with God. This is the mystery of things that are what I like to call, poetically correct. God likes things that are poetically correct as well as theologically correct. Is God smarter than a scientist? Surly He knows the facts of science and the facts of the way of the earth. Scientists cannot invent the things of creation, they can only discover the truth of them. The Scriptures were inspired by God, yet many things in the Scripture are written to be true poetically, not theologically. It is meant to induce an experience or to invite us to seek one. The Bible says that the sun rose, but theologically that is incorrect. The sun does not rise. Scientifically the earth turned in the direction of the sun, but the natural experience was that of the sun rising. It felt to us as the sun rising upon us. Our personal experience is that the sun rose. Holy Spirit is like that. When we turn in His direction we have an experience. The presence of God comes, but the truth is, we turned in the direction of the Holy Spirit and we have a poetic experience. I have grown to believe that poetic experiences are as important as theological truths and they are connected. To have an experience of God showing up, we have to turn in the direction of God. Where is God?  God is in heaven, but God is also in the earth. He is around us, but can also be in us. He is in us, but He can also be with us. Jesus told His disciples that He would send a Helper after He was gone.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

We can abide in God and He can abide in us. We must realize that something miraculous happens when we fellowship the Holy Spirit. When we take time to focus on the presence of the Holy Spirit, we experience Him. We feel Him. We realize He is here. He is always here, but only when we pay attention to His presence do we realize how near He is. Sometimes it feels like we have a time of prayer or worship and His presence comes. It is true, but He was there before we gave Him our attention. We could say that God came. We would be poetically correct, but not theologically correct. His presence is always with us, but our experience with Him is not always with Him. We are not changed merely by His presence with us. We are transformed by our own experiences with His presence in our lives.

God wants us to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Not just so we will have an intimate relationship with God, but so the kingdom of heaven can invade the earth. When we experience God’s presence in our lives it impacts our lives with heavenly power. God wants us to be in relationship with Him in this world so we will be transformed and we will bring the influence of that transformational life to this world. So, when the time proper time came Jesus became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. He moved into the neighborhood so that any and every one could have an experience with God. God wants us all to be disciples of the Holy Spirit. A disciple of Christ.

If you will, Jesus lived His life as a disciple of Christ. He was a disciple of the Holy Spirit. He was intimate with God as a man. He opened the door for us to be intimate with God as men and women. He came to reconnect us. To restore our identity, inheritance and influence as the children of God.

The Holy Spirit does not just give us information as to what to do in life. He gives us experiences that transform who we are for the sake of being life to this world. We should expect to have new experiences with Him each day. He is always present, but we must be intentional in turning in His direction within us, with us, and upon our lives to experience His rising in our lives. Be sure to fellowship with Holy Spirit today. He is ready and even interceding within you before you begin.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Holy Spirit – God In Us

Greetings,

Today I am writing from Bulgaria. I have had several very blessed days here in the church of Sofia and Plovdiv. The presence of Holy Spirit has been wonderful. The hunger, willingness, and teachable hearts of the people has been refreshing. It is great to be with family and this is my Bulgarian family. I will be in Blagoevgrad, tomorrow and Wednesday. I am looking forward to all that God is going to do.

We often think of God in heaven, but the truth is that God is in heaven and on earth. Christ in us is the hope of glory and Christ in us is the testimony of God in us. We not only have an anointing in us, we have the presence of the anointed One in, with, and upon our lives. It is important for us to welcome His presence and to welcome His life in all that we are and do. The work of the Holy Spirit is a work of life. The Father has sent the Spirit and the Spirit invites the Son. Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings in all the earth and the Holy Spirit has come in His name. Holy Spirit partners with us as the bride of Christ and calls for the manifest presence of Jesus to come in increasing measures in the ages of men.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

The Holy Spirit is God with us and He comes in the name of Jesus. The water that we freely drink of is the water of the Holy Spirit. It is the life of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through our lives to bring life to us and to the world we live in.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

When we receive Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit. It is by believing Jesus receive the Holy Spirit and when we receive the Holy Spirit we become testimonies of the life that comes by Jesus name.

John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

It is the Holy Spirit of God that draws us to God the Father and God the Son. Holy Spirit precedes the work of God in all things and is God with us and God at work with us in all things. In the book of beginnings (Genesis) we find the Holy Spirit as the expression of God in the earth. Holy Spirit was ready, willing, and able to bring life to all that needed life.

Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.   

What was the Holy Spirit doing in Gen. 1:2? Holy Spirit was hovering over what needed the life of God. There was a need for order, fullness, and light. These are all attributes of life. God is the One who gives life, breath, and all things. Holy Spirit was there in the beginning to give life, breath, and all things. Holy Spirit is ready to do the same in our lives and Holy Spirit is the source of every beginning in our lives. What in your life needs form or order today? Holy Spirit is God ready to bring the form and order of life to your situation of need. What in your life needs filling? Holy Spirit is ready to fill what is empty with the fullness of life. What in your live is dark? Holy Spirit is ready to bring light to every area of darkness. The order of life, the fullness of life, and the brightness of the light of life is in the heart of God and Holy Spirit is ready to hover over our areas of need. Holy Spirit cares for us and we need to welcome the Holy Spirit in every new day of our lives. It is not just a matter of partnering with Him. It is a matter of intimacy, fellowship, and connection.

Think of something that needs to come together in your life. Recognize the Holy Spirit is God and He is already brooding over your situation. Talk to Him. Expect His care to bring about His word and His testimony in your life. Think of something in your life that needs filling. Holy Spirit is hovering over what is empty and preparing to fill with the fullness of God’s life. Talk to Him. Expect His care to bring about the filling testimony of life. Think of something in your life that needs light. Holy Spirit is God and God is light. Holy Spirit is moving into your area of darkness. Talk to Him. Expect His care to bring about the testimony of His light. Don’t be afraid to pray in a mystery. His mystery is better than our knowing when our knowing is only confused by natural sight.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Greetings,

It is hard to believe that it is the end of October already. I have been blessed to be home for this last week of October, enjoying the bright sunshine, colored leaves, and fresh days of the season’s transition towards winter. Pastor Jonathan hit one out of the park yesterday. It was great to be home with my family and church family.

Very often, we think of God as the Mighty One. He is the Creator of all things. God is the source of life in all things, but God is also very personal. He is the Creator of all things, but He is the Father of humanity. We were created in His likeness and image, thus our attributes come from the source of who He is. He is passionate, creative, thoughtful, expressive, and strategic in His ways. The fruit of who His is manifests love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. He is full of knowledge, wisdom, discernment, faith, miraculous abilities, healing testimonies, creative prophetic utterances, mysteries, and interpretation of mysteries.

God is the Father, He is the expression or Word, and He is the Spirit. This is often described as the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The word Trinity is not found in the Scripture, but you cannot look throughout Scripture and not find God as a Trinity. He is One, but He is three unique persons. I best understand this by thinking that God is a giver. It is impossible to be a giver without a plurality in the dynamic of who He is. He gives life to us, but the essence of who He is also manifests life. As those created in His image we are the same. Even in our individuality, we are spirit, soul, and body. When our spirits are healthy they come alive to give life to our souls. When our souls are alive they give life to our bodies. A prosperous soul produces a prosperous life. This is the nature of God in His being.

God gives life, breath, and all things. The Holy Spirit is the source of life in us all. When we willingly embrace God in our lives we become expressions of Him, just as God is also the Word, the Son, the expression of God made known to the world. God also gives us all things, just as God is the Father; the source of our inheritance and destiny in all things. He partners with us to reveal our lives as a posterity of His will. God as a Trinity is essential to His character, nature, way, power, and authority. He does not do love, He is love. The Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father. The Spirit loves the Father and the Son and the Father and the Son love the Spirit. It is part of the being of God. God does not just do relationship, He is relationship. God in His Trinity is the essence of who He is in our lives as His children and who He is in relationship with all of creation.

Our connection with God can only be found Spirit to spirit. It can only be found through a connection of our spirits to God the Holy Spirit within. This can be described as the Spirit of God within us. When God created mankind, He spoke to Himself. It is in the Spirit of God that we find the source of our identity as human beings. Without a relationship with God from our spirits to His Spirit, we become confused in our identity. Human beings often think their identity is derived from who they are naturally, but it is only through a relationship with God in the Holy Spirit that we can discover who we are really meant to be. It is by the Spirit of God that our natural identity can be shaped to truth supernaturally. We are meant to be a testimony of who God is and without a supernatural connection with Him we become a testimony of the likeness and image of some natural influence in our lives.

Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

To live a life that expresses the likeness and image of God, we must have a personal and intimate connection to Him. This comes by being in a relationship with the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The Holy Spirit bears the name of Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit is the connection in our hearts that empowers our hearts to call out to God as our heavenly Father. The secret to our connection with God is found in our connection with His Spirit in our hearts. To know who we are, we must know who He is. Let’s all make ourselves aware of this relationship with the Holy Spirit that has been given to us through the gift of Jesus Christ the Son as the testimony of our reconciliation to our Father in heaven.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Thoughts are Words

Greetings,

Today I am in Portugal after a great time in Spain with the RIM gathering of Pastors in Europe and a great weekend is some churches here in Portugal. God is good, His presence is real, and He is doing good things in the nations. We are blessed to be His testimony in the earth.

I have been writing on the topic of being the word of God in flesh. Who we are is the result of the substance of who we are and it includes the way we think. Our lives express outwardly what we are internally. God is the word and He intends for us to be His voice in the manifestations of our lives. We either affect this world with life or we affect it with death. All things are affected by words. The following is taken from my book, Prophetic Ministry – A Ministry of Life:

Words are powerful. They are much more than expressions of mere communication. Words leave an impression in the spirit and residues that others can find. Words are the release of the issues of the heart, and they can even be felt reverberating in the atmosphere through the power of thought. Thoughts are the first stage of words being expressed.

 Thoughts in themselves are words, and they leave an impression in the atmosphere. Your thoughts can influence the thoughts of others. When you think negative thoughts, others around you will think negative thoughts. When you think positive thoughts, others around you will think positive thoughts. When you are exposed to someone who is thinking intensely, their thoughts release a spiritual energy that will influence your own thought life. You can perhaps think of times when you were around others who were thinking thoughts with extreme focus and you found yourself thinking in similar patterns. It may have been someone contemplating actions of suicide. It may have been someone exhibiting a strong focus of hate or disagreement in some manner. It may have been thoughts that came to you while working together with others who were disgruntled with their job or their employer. They could be thoughts of either great pleasure towards you, or displeasure against you. Thoughts can influence others because thoughts are expressions of the heart and the heart is the source of all words.

 Proverbs 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.

Many times, the thoughts of others have influenced me while I was preaching. When members of a congregation have focused their thoughts against what I am saying, it has even made me stammer in my speech. I have even had difficulty connecting my thoughts (at times like that). In the same respect, when members of the congregation become passionate in agreement with what I am saying, their thoughts actually cause what I am trying to say to flow more easily and clearly. People’s thoughts can be powerful.

Thoughts are the first stage of words. They are the first stage of the expression of the heart. Thoughts are powerful, and when the words of our mouths match the thoughts of our minds, they become even more powerful. When I have thoughts of love toward my family it affects the atmosphere of my home. When I add words to my thoughts, it has an even greater effect. My thoughts of love towards my wife influence her, but I influence her even more when I speak my thoughts to her with words she can understand. This is what the Scripture means when it says that a husband is to wash his wife with the washing of the water of his word (Eph. 5:25, 26). The thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions of a husband can determine the measure of liberty and glory experienced by his wife and home.

Let’s consider our thoughts today and position ourselves to be words of life to the world we live in. We can bring life to our world, but we must know that our lives are words meant create the world in which we live.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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A Change in the Sound

Greetings;

I have just finished a great weekend with a great church in Lisbon, Portugal. It was great to be with Pastor Jorge Jacinto and the church of Brotherly Love. We spent the weekend teaching on worship and praise, their source, their purpose, and the result of worship and praise released rightly into the world.

I have seen huge shifts in my thinking in the past seventeen years in regards to worship and praise. I was a worship leader and a worship director and even extensively involved in worship leading and development through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. During that time, the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit of Might, was at work in the church restoring the hearing of God, the speaking of God, and experiencing of God in His manifest presence in the church. There was great shaking and there was great joy in the church. The sound of worship was a sound of shaking the wilderness and it caused many to wake up to the manifest presence of God. It also revealed those who were stronger in their own strength than in their willingness to allow the Spirit of Might to take control. It revealed the strength of the Spirit and manifested many strongholds of the flesh. Though it was a season filled with supernatural testimonies of God’s presence it also manifested carnal testimonies of the flesh. The church was often broken, wounded, and damaged in some way by the unstable, untaught ways of people living a flawed concept of human community. Perhaps a generation born in that pain is required to find the generational healing for our family name. Perhaps the failures of the flesh are the very thing that was needed for the proof of what is to come. Perhaps the injustice of things done wrong is an invitation to a greater justice system of love. Each generation must own what has been handed to them in life and each generation must discover the grace of God to bring life to what is, what was, and what is to come in their own boundary and measure of rule in life.

At the end of the 90’s, the sound the church began to shift towards an awareness of the Father’s love for His children. Things like reconciliation, forgiveness, love, and intimacy began to emerge in the realm of the Spirit as we turned the millennium. Those concepts hardly fit into a justice system of right and wrong and thus many have twisted them to become concepts to justify legalism or, at the other extreme, promiscuity in some way. Love doesn’t require another to change, but only allows the one who loves to be a testimony of love to another. It was easy to demonstrate the prophetic power of God amid the flow of the Spirit of Might, but the Holy Spirit was calling for more. He was calling for the Spirit of Knowing to fill the hearts and minds of His people. Perhaps one of the strongest revelations that has come into the church in the past seventeen years is that each of us was born to be loved by God. The sound of worship has taken on an atmosphere and ambiance of being loved by God. There is no more shame. It is ok to be vulnerable and less than perfect, discovering that we are even more perfect with our diversities than is our unified victories of some external glory. Our victories of the past have been about the manifest presence of God in our midst, but now it is more about God and the community of God together in all things. Huge weapons are formed against such a thing, but God is leading us further in the purpose of His will. It seems harder to be prophetic when the move of the Spirit is willing to confirm His love for us in the midst of our flaws and generational inheritances of weakness. If it was simply a matter of overcoming the weakness in an external manner, it would be easy. The Spirit of Might would move in and wake us up in the midst of our failures. I believe the Spirit of Might is still increasing, but in conjunction with the Spirit of Knowing, an intimacy with God and with one another. The counterfeit to the Spirit of Knowing is a natural knowledge that leads to offenses, judgments and defilements in some way towards one another. Knowledge alone is based upon natural facts and even our perceptions of those facts. Knowledge has become readily available and there is a constant twisting of truth. The world is more word sensitive than they are heart sensitive and they do not see truth with their eyes. Their ears are heavy, their hearts are dull, and they do not see. They hear too well naturally, thus they cannot hear with their hearts, and they cannot see clearly as to what is truth. They hear what they hear, not really what is said. Natural sight, natural conclusions, and natural understanding are weapons formed against communion, community, and corporate destiny. There is a need for spiritual discernment, perception, and understanding. Our greatest battle is what we can hear and it is blinding us to what we can possibly see. Thus it is, when we hold on to our likeness and image and refuse to be formed in the likeness and the image of another. When we hold on to our singleness, we judge others by their diversity and we judge God in our perceptions of the facts of who He is, what He is, or what He should do.

Isaiah 6:9-10  And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.”

A present truth of the Spirit is surely a testimony of grace and the fact that God loves all people just as they are. It is easy to try to fashion and form God into our likeness when we foolishly think that our likeness is what He is giving His favor to. Perhaps He is giving His Fatherly love and now He is calling for sons and daughters to overcome every wicked thing by being strong in His Spirit and strong in the substance of Him – a testimony of His word made flesh.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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